On the grounds of a former estate outside of Philadelphia, a cadre of master gardeners presides over an oasis of earthly delights. We've put together some ideas—paired with photos—from Chanticleer that any home gardener can use to design their own spaces.
Lesson one: Create a place of retreat. Even within its 35-acre expanse, the garden provides intimate nooks: the stucco-walled embrace of the kitchen courtyard, the shady solitude of the little minder woods, and the sun porch, where you can shelter decadently from summer’s heat.
Chanticleer’s gardeners don’t feel the need to lump plants together by type, region, or hardiness and change plant palettes from year to year.
Left: In the teacup garden, a typical planting includes agaves, grasses, and palms.